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America’s Deadly New ‘National Bird’

8 March 2017 - 8:26am
Officially, America’s “national bird” is the eagle, but it is fast becoming the hovering, deadly drone that kills with missiles fired from half a world away, reports Dennis J Bernstein about Sonia Kennebeck’s documentary, “National Bird.” By Dennis J Bernstein…

Democrats and Trump Bid Up Militarism

7 March 2017 - 3:38pm
With Democrats lusting for a new and costly Cold War with Russia — and President Trump countering by hiring generals and shoveling more money into the Pentagon — the prospects for peace and rationality are dim, notes William Blum. By…

Official Washington Hails an Anti-Russia Hawk

7 March 2017 - 9:02am
Exclusive: President Trump’s complaint that Official Washington is trying to block his policies, including détente with Russia, is underscored by the praise heaped on a departing State Department official, writes James W Carden. By James W Carden It’s probably safe…

Risks in Demonizing Diplomacy with Russia

6 March 2017 - 6:57pm
The crazy assailing of the Trump team’s contacts with Russian diplomats is demonizing the idea of cooperation and deepening risks of a dangerous arms race, says Jack Matlock, the last U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union. By Jack Matlock Our…

Official Washington Tips into Madness

6 March 2017 - 3:40pm
Exclusive: President Trump responded to evidence-lite accusations from Democrats about his ties to Russia with his own air-filled allegations about President Obama wiretapping Trump Tower, as Robert Parry shakes his head. By Robert Parry The intensifying hysteria over Russia has…

Trump’s Talk and Anti-Semitic Acts

6 March 2017 - 3:03pm
President Trump’s loose talk demonizing some minorities clearly won him support among some disaffected whites but it may have unleashed the bigotry playing out in a number of anti-Semitic acts, says Lawrence Davidson. By Lawrence Davidson My local newspaper is…

Global Warming’s Threat to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

5 March 2017 - 1:48pm
Exclusive: President Trump’s war on President Obama’s regulations may kill off rules to reduce leaks of the global-warming gas methane, a partisan scheme with grave consequences for Mar-a-Lago and the world, writes Jonathan Marshall. By Jonathan Marshall There’s a reason…

A Path Forward on North Korea

5 March 2017 - 12:06pm
Mainstream U.S. media depicts North Korean Kim Jong-Un as crazy and his country as an insane asylum, but there is logic in their fear of “regime change,” a fear that only negotiations can address, says ex-U.S. diplomat Ann Wright. By…

The Politics Behind ‘Russia-gate’

4 March 2017 - 5:46pm
Exclusive: The hysteria over “Russia-gate” continues to grow – as President Trump’s enemies circle – but at its core there may be no there there while it risks pushing the world toward nuclear annihilation, writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry…

Trump Hides Behind the Military

4 March 2017 - 10:11am
While addressing Congress, President Trump turned to the gallery and pointed to the widow of a Navy SEAL killed during a botched raid in Yemen, just one way Trump exploits the military, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. By Paul…

Another Hatchet Job on Snowden

3 March 2017 - 5:17pm
Exclusive: The hatchet jobs against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden keep on coming with a new book whose author says he applied James Angleton’s counterintelligence techniques to Snowden, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern In depicting National Security Agency…

An Oscar for a Propaganda Flick

3 March 2017 - 3:58pm
Hollywood activists prefer their human rights causes blessed by the U.S. government, which contributed to the dubious Oscar for “The White Helmets” propaganda flick, writes Patrick Hennigsen at 21st Century Wire. By Patrick Hennigsen In your average lifetime, everyone will get…

A Confession on Meeting a Russian

3 March 2017 - 8:41am
Though now billed as a “spymaster,” Russian Ambassador Kislyak was well known as a social butterfly, meeting a wide range of Americans, including politicians, academics and activists, which led David Swanson to this “confession.” By David Swanson It was August…

Keeping the Commander-in-Chief in Check

2 March 2017 - 10:40am
President Trump has surrounded himself with military generals who ironically may be the strongest bulwark against Trump’s own tough-guy tendencies, writes JP Sottile. By JP Sottile America’s generals are talking turkey. But we’re not talking about the well-known idiom for…

Trump Retreats on Detente with Russia

1 March 2017 - 2:08pm
President Trump toned down his combative rhetoric in speaking to Congress but, more significantly, ditched his campaign promises about détente with Russia and a reduced military presence abroad, says Gilbert Doctorow. By Gilbert Doctorow Donald Trump’s speech on Tuesday to…

How the Press Serves the Deep State

1 March 2017 - 8:43am
Exclusive: Mainstream U.S. media is proud to be the Deep State’s tip of the spear pinning President Trump to the wall over unproven allegations about Russia and his calls for detente, a rare point where he makes sense, notes Daniel Lazare. By…

Israel’s Anti-Semitism Smears Backfire

1 March 2017 - 8:38am
Israel has often succeeded in silencing criticism of its treatment of Palestinians by calling critics anti-Semites and scaring politicians into canceling public events, but the tactic is now starting to backfire, writes retired U.S. diplomat Ann Wright.  By Ann Wright An often-used…

Mainstream Media’s ‘Victimhood’

28 February 2017 - 11:01am
Exclusive: Just weeks ago, mainstream U.S. media decried “fake news” and backed a blacklist of independent news sites over “Russian propaganda.” Now, under fire from President Trump, the MSM loves a free press, writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry It’s…

NATO’s Strange Addition of Montenegro

28 February 2017 - 10:33am
Exclusive: Official Washington’s New Cold Warriors are painting NATO’s admission of tiny Montenegro in the stark black-and-white colors of a heroic stand against “Russian aggression” but that misses the real reasons why it’s a bad idea, writes Jonathan Marshall. By…

A Crackdown on the Poor and Hungry

28 February 2017 - 9:58am
Concerned about “quality of life” appearances, cities across America are cracking down on the homeless and the hungry, reports Dennis J Bernstein. By Dennis J Bernstein Activist and author Keith McHenry, who co-founded Food Not Bombs in Boston in 1980, says…

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